Trying to quit smoking? The Cochin Thoracic Society (CTS) will help you give tobacco the boot.In association with the National Rural Health Mission and the Indian Medical Association, CTS has taken the initiative to help Kochiites kick the habit. As part of the de-addiction programme, they will provide financial assistance to habitual smokers who are willing to undergo treatment to quit smoking.
The programme envisioned by CTS, an organisation of pulmonologists, includes psychiatric assistance and drug therapy.The counselling is offered free of cost. The organisation has started awareness programmes this year in various schools, colleges and public places. The project also includes launching of counselling and ‘smoking-cessation’ clinics in all major hospitals in the city.“We are putting our heads together to promote consciousness about lung diseases and other ill effects of smoking,’’ said CTS president Dr K M Ramesh Nair.Explaining how their programme is different from other anti-tobacco projects, Dr Nair said, “Our plan is to persuade the smoker to give up this harmful habit. We will show him visuals of the hideous effects of smoking in order to make him understand the danger.” As part of the programme, volunteers from the Co-operative Medical College in Kalamassery will conduct surveys to identify the prevalence of smoking despite the ban in public places.The Society has 25 pulmonologists associated with it and has a 24/7 helpline and a website for public assistance. “If we get at least one person to get rid of the habit of smoking it will be a big favour to society. That is our motto,” said Dr Nair.
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